November sure goes by so fast that I can barely catch up! With Thanksgiving coming up and X'mas to ensue, I am gearing up for a busy holiday season with baking and cooking. With no travel plans this year, I have time to do some cookies baking to give away to my dear friends and of course, stuff my kids and Curry with more elaborate and sophisticated cooking. And also, hoping that the winter season will not be too brutal as to dampen my X'mas spirit. December is a joyful month for me as I love the X'mas season atmosphere and to know that we have completed a year safely albeit with alot of challenges, I am thankful. But I am definitely not a winter weather enthusiast and only hope the early months of January and February quickly go by as quickly as we celebrate December.
Today, we had our first snow for this year. My kids were excited and I was too, for the simple reason it was light and for a little while only. And with the urge to bake something pretty, I was inspired to make this cupcake for tea today. The aroma of coconut is warm and exotic at the same time and remains one of my favorite flavor and ingredient. These cupcakes are made of coconut milk with the usual combination of flour, eggs and butter together with vanilla paste and dessicated coconut. I have totally given up on baking with vanilla essence as I find the taste evaporates and leaves nothing after every baking and taking the advice of the various chefs on cooking shows, I switched to vanilla paste which is more concentrated and contains vanilla beans speckles that I can see in my baked goods.
The coconut milk added extra fat to the cupcake and resulted in a very moist and soft texture that is neither crumbly nor dense but just lovely and light in the mouth. The unsweetened dessicated coconut which was added into the cake batter blended well with the texture of the cupcakes and added a flavorful bite. For the decoration part, I used a snowflake stencil and powdered the top part of the cupcakes with cocoa powder, followed by powdered sugar. As the cupcakes are light in color, the cocoa powder accentuated the white snowflake pattern. A very easy but simple touch to a delicious and moist cupcake.
200g All purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp salt
110g Butter, Room Temperature
25g Dessicated coconut or unsweetened shredded coconut
3 eggs, Room Temperature
1 tsp Vanilla Paste
75ml Coconut Milk
Decoration: 2 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1) Preheat oven to 350F. Line 10 muffin cups with paper liners.
2) Beat the butter and sugar till light yellow and creamy.
3)In another bowl, beat all the eggs lightly. With the cake mixer on, add the beaten eggs into the butter mixture in batches and beat till blended. Add in the vanilla paste together with the dessicated coconut and combine.
4)Whisk the flour together with the salt and baking powder.
5)In alternate steps, fold 1/3 of the flour mixture into the butter & egg mixture and then, add half of the coconut milk and blend. Continue with another 1/3 of the flour mixture, then all the coconut milk and lastly fold in the remaining flour mixture. Fold in till no more streaks of flour is present.
6)Divide the batter equally into the lined muffin cups. Bake for 22 to 25mins and test for doneness.
7)Remove from oven and let the cupcakes stay in the muffin pans for 10 mins. Remove from the pans and cool on a rack. Decorate with the powdered sugar and cocoa powder.
Makes : 10 cupcake.